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Hong Kong crisis: democracy protests, media coverage and US involvement

When: Thursday, November 14, 2019, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Friends Meeting • 5 Longfellow Park • near Harvard red line station • Cambridge

The crisis in Hong Kong has riveted world attention for months and violence in the streets continues.  The movement is a complex mixture: nonviolent protesters and youth worried about their future and wanting more democracy, others promoting Hong Kong (capitalist) independence, and those collaborating with US organizations such as the National Endowment for Democracy.  

The forum will address a number of questions: What is the situation in Hong Kong and is the reporting of US mainstream media fair and accurate?  Will the Hong Kong government stop the violence?  Will there be dialogue and negotiations?  What will China do?  What is US policy and what may the future hold for Hong Kong?  The panelists will suggest a framework for better understanding and address the question, what is the role of the US Left.


1) Duncan McFarland:  board member of United for Justice with Peace and coordinator of the China Study Group at the Center for Marxist Education.  Duncan has visited China and Hong Kong multiple times from 1981 to 2017

2) Reese Erlich: over 40 years experience as a freelance foreign correspondent for NPR and CBS radio, and author of five books on US policy.  Reese has reported numerous times from China and Hong Kong, and analyzed the protests in his Progressive Magazine column Foreign Correspondent.

$5 donation requested

More information:, 617-383-4857

A forum presented by United for Justice with Peace


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